REVIEW: The Flash, Vol. 1: Move Forward (The Flash Vol. IV #1) by Francis Manapul, Brian Buccellato

Struck by a bolt of lightning and doused in chemicals, Central City Police scientist Barry Allen was transformed into the fastest man alive. Tapping into the energy field called The Speed Force, he applies a tenacious sense of justice to protect an serve the world as The Flash!The Fastest Man Alive returns to his own monthly series as part of the DC Comics—The New 52 event with the writer/artist team of Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato. The Flash knows he can’t be everywhere at once, but he has seemingly met his match when he faces DC Comic’ hottest new Super Villain, Mob Rule, who really can be everywhere at once!

As Mob Rule wages a campaign of crime across Central City, including an electromagnetic blast that plunges the city into darkness, The Flash learns the the only way he can capture Mob Rule and save Central City is to learn how to make his brain function even faster than before—but as much as it helps him, it also comes with a steep price.

This volume collects issues 1-8 of the monthly series.

Here is what I know about the New 52: That it’s a revamp and relaunch of DC Comics. That’s about as far as I got into the wiki before I decided that I was in. That said, when I started volume one of The Flash I thought I was going to get an origin story. Unfortunately, I did not. I was thrust into Barry/The Flash’s life with only about a sentence of explanation of why he had super powers.

The best part about this is the art. It’s so pretty. The story, however…not really my thing. There were some intense moments where I really cared what happened then it would switch to something else. Is this just the nature of super hero types of comics? I don’t know. I just haven’t read enough of the genre to be able to tell.

I thought it was mediocre but the art is so pretty that I will read the next volume.



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